Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan back in Pakistan ODI squad



Mohammad Amir winces and tugs at his left shoulder after taking a wicket © Peter Della Penna

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan have been recalled into Pakistan’s ODI squad for the five-match series in South Africa. Seam-bowling allrounder Hussain Talat and batsman Shan Masood, who are both uncapped in ODI cricket, were also called up to the squad.

Asif Ali and Junaid Khan, who were part of the ODI squad for the New Zealand series in the UAE, have been left out while Haris Sohail is recovering from a knee injury.

Since the Champions Trophy final in June 2017, Amir has played only 10 ODIs, managing only three wickets at an average of 100.66. Amir, though, showed excellent form in the first two Tests in South Africa, picking up eight wickets at an average of 23.87.

“Amir’s good performance in the Test series not only made him an automatic selection, but also helped us in the decision to rest Abbas,” Inzamam-ul-Haq, the chief selector, said.

“Junaid Khan has not been considered for this tour because we feel he has to work more on his bowling since the fitness issues that he had cut short his series against New Zealand.

“Asif Ali has been dropped due to an inconsistent and below-par performance. In his place, we have decided to give Hussain Talat an opportunity to show his mettle and skills. He is a good left-handed batsman, who can also bowl.”

Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan

More to follow…

ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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